Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Question for Fauci: Why are Texas's cases still declining weeks after their mask mandate was lifted?
The correct answer is the one he won’t give. Namely, mask mandates may encourage compliance at the margins but they won’t affect what the great majority of residents do. Most people will wear masks voluntarily to protect themselves or others. Hardcore resisters won’t wear them and will dare the cops to penalize them for it. It’s only the third group, the people who dislike masks but aren’t weirdly ideologically committed to not wearing them, who might be convinced to don one by a mandate.
But that’s a small group, I suspect. Small enough that, even if cases are rising within that cohort now that the mandate has lifted, they might be falling statewide overall due to other mitigating factors.